3746 1st Principals WOW factor!

In the words of E. Comp. Andy Gray (that well-known wit and philosopher) “You wait 40 years for a banner and then 13 come along all at once!”

Thursday 22nd June 2017 will go down as one of the most memorable meetings in the Chapter’s history.  On this auspicious date at Taunton Masonic Hall, the Chapter was joined by the Grand Superintendent and his Provincial Team in order to Dedicate the new Chapter Banner and 12 Tribal Ensigns.

MEZ John Rudge welcoming John Bennet, Grand Superintendent
MEZ John Rudge welcoming John Bennett, Grand Superintendent

Before that happened though, MEZ and their Excellencies welcomed visitors from the Provinces of Bristol, Gloucestershire & Hereford and Dorset, as well as visiting Principals of Somerset Chapters.

Comps. Charlie Barker (261), Brian Buckle (329) and Nigel Handbury (5221) were elected Joining Members and welcomed into the Chapter by the 3 Principals.

And now for the main event!  The Grand Superintendent took the Chair, together with the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Principals and the new Banner was paraded into the Chapter, carried by E. Comp. Neville Harrison, a PZ of the Chapter.

E Comp Neville Harrison presenting the new Banner
E Comp Neville Harrison presenting the new Banner
The Grand Superintendent addresses the Convocation
The Grand Superintendent addresses the Convocation

The 12 Ensigns were already in place and with much pomp and ceremony, these were dedicated by the MEGS and Principals.  The Chapter Banner and newly dedicated ensigns were then presented to the Chapter through MEZ E. Comp. John Rudge, who completed the ceremonial with an Oration on the origins and purpose of Banners.

Having worked so hard, the Provincial Team retired to the bar, the Chapter business was concluded and everyone else retired to the bar for a cooling thirst quencher before dining.

The dining room was buzzing with convivial chatter, and this memorable evening was brought to a close.

The Three Principals taking wine....
The Three Principals taking wine….